Unit Datasheet Creation
Once your Model is complete and ready for battle, open up the blank Datasheet that corresponds to your Unit's Core Type. This can be found by determining what kit the Unit's chest piece came from. If the chest piece is from the Alto kit, then the Core Type will be Alto. If the chest piece is from the Revernova kit, then the Core Type will be Revernova. If you have multiple chest pieces on your unit OR none at all, you may pick one that best fits your Unit.
Once you have downloaded the correct datasheet, you will need to document all of your Core Sections, Weapons, Mounted Weapons, Equipment, Shields, Systems, and Mods. It may look like a lot but we will break everything down into segments.
Before we get into how to create a Datasheet, we will first identify each area on the Datasheet itself.
- Core Sections - Each Unit is made up of different sections. Each section has a max defense and current defense. The max defense is the maximum amount of damage that section can withstand before being destroyed. The current defense is a blank area that should be used when damage is taken but the section remains intact. The remaining defense value should be written here. At the bottom is Total Defense. All Core Sections will combine their Max Def. and the value will be written here. This value is the base Deployment Cost of your Unit without any weapons, pilots, or SMTs.
- Specifications - This shows the Units Classification, Base Action Points, Standard Movement, and Thruster Movement. Classification is based on the Units' Total Defense value and determines Base AP and Standard Movement. Base AP is how many Action Points a Unit has before they make an AP Roll* during gameplay. Standard Movement shows the maximum amount of hexes a Unit can move during its turn. Thruster Movement is only available for Units with thrusters.
- Modified Stats - This shows Accuracy, Assault, & Evasion stats. Accuracy is for long-ranged targets. Assault is for close-range targets, and evasion is for evading incoming attacks.
Each one has a base stat value under the larger modified value. Base stats derive from the Core Type. The modified stat references the base stat AFTER it's been modified by the player. Depending on the pilot's rank, the player gets Stat Reduction Modifiers (SRM for short). These points allow the Units base stats to be lowered to better fit the players' play style. The lowest modified stats can be is 2 for each stat (or 2/2/2) and the highest cannot go past their original base stats. Systems, Mods, and Traits can also modify stats.
- Core Type - Determines the base stats of the Unit. These can be found inside the modified stats section. Core type is determined by what chest piece is used in the creation of the mech. Each Core Type has different stats. They are represented by an image in this box.
- Unit Information - This is the name and type of unit. The type of unit will determine it's primary movement.
- Pilot Information - This is the name, Rank, and cost of the Pilot. The Pilot determines how many Mods, Traits, and Stat Reduction Modifiers (SRM) the unit has.
- Systems, Mods, & Traits - These are special abilities and bonuses that a player can use the further customize their Unit. Systems become available for a Unit based on what they have physically on the model. The maximum amount of Systems a Unit can use at one time is 5, so choose wisely! If you have weapons that have the same Systems, you only need to add it to a single System slot. Mods and Traits are non-physical abilities/bonuses based on various factors. The amount of Mods and Traits a player can use is limited by the pilot's rank.
- Weapons & Equipment Inventory - This is where all of the Units' weapons, mounted weapons, thrusters, Shields, and equipment are identified. Along the top, you will see 9 columns. These columns identify the specifics of each weapon.
At the bottom of the inventory, you will also see Total Thruster Durability and Total Inventory DC. If a Unit has thrusters, you would combine all of their durability here. As for the Total Inventory DC, you simply combine the DC of everything in your inventory and put the value in the dedicated area.
- Name - What you call the weapon.
- Tags - Category, requirements, and/or bonuses for the weapon.
- Location - Where the weapon is located on the Unit. Head, Torso, Left Arm, ETC.
- Range - How many hexes the weapon can fire from.
- Base Damage - How much damage, per shot, the weapon does.
- AP (Action Points) - How much AP it costs to fire the weapon once.
- Type - Dictates if the weapon fires projectiles or pure energy.
- Durability - How much defense the weapon has until it is destroyed.
- DC (Deployment Cost) - How much it costs for the Unit to field the weapon.
- Deployment Cost - This is the total cost to field this Unit. This is the combined sum of the Units' Total Defense, Systems, and Total Inventory DC. This does not include the Pilots DC.
Each individual piece that makes up the Unit is considered a part. When you combine parts into limbs, heads, torsos, etc, these are called Core Sections.
First, you must identify how many Core Sections your Unit has and what each one is. Most Mech Units have a Head, Left Arm, Right Arm, Torso, Left Leg, and Right Leg as Core Sections. Vehicles on the other hand have a Cockpit and at least one drive section. More information can be found in the Unit Types section of the Core Rules.
Once you have listed each of your Unit's Core Sections, you will then need to determine the Max Defense of each one. To do this, you will need to open up the Parts & Data sheet. There is a tab with the name Parts Search. Here you can locate the stats for each part of your Unit by part name, kit name, or various other things. Once you are familiar with that, move to the Core Section Calculator tab. Here is where you will add the Name and Notation of each part that makes up a single Core Section. You don't need to use the calculator if you are already familiar with the process but it is recommended as it will get you familiar with the process of using our calculators.
Core Section Calculator
On the top, you will see 3 titles: Name, Notation, and Defense. In the Name column, you will put down the name of the specific part listed on your Unit's model. Most parts share the same names, so in order to differentiate which part belongs to which model, we use specific model Notations.
Notations are broken down into what packs they come from and which unit they belong to. For example, PN-15 is the PortaNova-15. The Weapons Pack 1 for the Portanova is W1-15. Similarly, the Alto-17 is AL-17. The Weapons Pack for Alto is W1-17.
The Defense values are determined by which Unit is being used and what its purpose is. In this column, this is done automatically once the Name and Notation are added. The Defense value will only populate if the Name and Notation match exactly! If a value fails to auto-populate, check the spelling. If it still does not work, notify a Developer on the Discord then type the value in yourself.
You may have noticed that there are multiple parts of the same name. This is because most Units are symmetrical and use the same parts for both sides of the Unit- two arms and two legs. This organizational system helps with the design of asymmetrical Units.
The image on the above is an example of what a standard out-of-the-box Portanova-15 looks like when each piece is broken down and added to the Core Section List.
Torso & Cockpit Stats
The Torso and Cockpits, or Pilot Sections, give base stats for the unit which can be improved when adding a Pilot. Each Pilot Section has varying stats and may be chosen even if the unit does not visibly use that section. The stats can be found in the Parts and Datasheet, linked below.
- Name - Give your Pilot a name.
- Rank - Give your Pilot a Rank/Artificial Intelligence.
- Use the chart and fill in the appropriate field.
- The Higher the rank, the more bonuses you receive - however, you will pay a higher Deployment Cost
- Ranks range from 1-5.
- A.I.s range from Simple to Intermediate to Advanced.
- Determine Stats - Stats determine how well a Unit can fight.
- Once a Rank/AI has been chosen, fill in the Stat Reduction Modifiers (S.R.M.), Available Mods, and Available Traits.
- Stats are listed on the right side of each Rank/A.I. level on the Pilot ID chart.
- 'Choose your Pilot's Traits - Traits are stronger than average Abilities
- The number of Available Traits is based on Rank.
- The complete list of Pilot Traits can be found on the Parts List below.
- Determine your Pilot's Deployment Cost
- The far-right column labeled as "DC" is the Rank/A.I.'s corresponding Deployment Cost.
- Write that number down in the upper right area.
Your newly created Pilot is ready to be paired up with a Unit!
Weapons & Equipment
If you want to win a war, you need weapons and equipment. These are the primary ways you will be able to subjugate and destroy your opponents. In this section, you will learn about the various weapons and equipments as well as how to properly create them and add them to your Units datasheet.
Weapons are broken down into 2 categories:
- Ranged Weapons
- Melee Weapons
Ranged Weapons can engage targets beyond 1 hex. Melee Weapons can only engage targets from a single hex distance. Unless otherwise stated, all Weapons with a range of 1 are Melee Weapons. Both categories can be further broken down into 2 types: Kinetic and Energy. Generally speaking, Kinetic Weapons deal less Base Damage but also require fewer Action Points to use, while Energy Weapons deal more Base Damage at the cost of more Action Points. This isn't always the case, especially when dealing with custom Weapons.
All weapons that are not designated as mounted weapons are considered hand-held weapons. Hand-held weapons can be picked up, dropped, or thrown in various situations. When these weapons are destroyed, they do not damage the area they were located in.
These are the same as hand-held weapons except instead of being held by the Unit, they are mounted directly to it. Mounted weapons cannot be picked up or moved during a battle. When adding a mounted weapon,
Similar to weapons, equipment is used to aid a Unit in combat. Equipment ranges from Radar to Drones and is mainly used as a utility for the Unit.
These are specific parts that can be added that give a Unit specific single-use Systems. The parts are given the tag [??] to identify them from others. When adding them to a Units' inventory,
These aid the Unit by giving it the movement option of flight. If the total durability of all combined thrusters on the unit meets a specific requirement (see flight movement option) then the Unit can fly.
When adding thrusters to the Equipment list, it is important to group them by location strategically. If you choose to group all of your Thrusters into a single section, it will increase their durability, but doing so may make them a bigger target! Alternatively, you can split them up into separate sections to make them harder to hit at the cost of Equipment list space.
For example, the Alto Flight type has wings and thrusters connected to its torso. These will be broken down into two sections: a left-wing section and a right-wing section. Each section is made up of exactly the same parts so you only need to use the calculator for this once. You will, however, need to add the two sections to the Equipment list so your Deployment Cost and Durability are accurate.
Located in the Parts List Google document, there is a tab with the name Weapons & Equipment Builder. This is what you will use to stat out your Weapons & Equipment.
On the top row, similar to the Core Sections Calculator, you will see Name and Notation but this time there are more columns:
- Durability - How much defense each part has.
- Range - How far each part can attack.
- Base Damage - How much damage each part does.
- Action Points - How much AP each part costs to use.
- Type - If that part uses Kinetic or Energy attacks.
- System - What part-specific ability your weapon can use.
- Tags - What bonuses or requirements are associated with that part.
At the bottom of the page, there are 3 rows; Category, Requirements, and System. After you have added all of your parts you will need to choose what category it fits into and what system you want to take. There are a few different categories to choose from but you may only choose one.
- Weapon - A weapon that is in the hands of the Unit. Can be dropped and changed out for another weapon.
- Mounted Weapon - A weapon that is fixed to the Unit. Cannot be removed or changed.
- Attachments - Some parts will be designated as attachments. These are typically a single use.
- Shield - Blocks incoming attacks.
- Thrusters - These give the Unit access to other abilities including the ability to fly.
- Melee - This is for weapons that are designated as melee weapons.
If you have any requirements, they will automatically populate in the designated row. You MUST take these. Once you have chosen your category and system, the Tags in the Total row will populate. Once all of the separate parts are added, the totals will be automatically calculated into the total row. This is the overall Weapon stats.
Below that, on the right-hand side, you'll see the Deployment Cost. This is automatically generated based on the weapon you have created.
Once you have the total stats for your Weapon/Equipment, transfer this information to the correct area on the Datasheet.
The Name and Notation of each part need to match exactly as they do in the Parts List. If they don't, you will get an error. When the Name and Notation are correct, the Datasheet will auto-populate the parts' stats.
The next bullets are in reference to the Total Stat line of the weapon calculator:
- Type - Determined by the overall number of Kinetic / Energy type parts that make up the Weapon. If there are 3 Kinetic type parts and 1 Energy type part, the Weapon will be Kinetic. If there are 2 Energy types and 1 Kinetic type, then the Weapon will be Energy. If there is an equal number of each part type, then the type with the highest Base Damage will determine the Weapon's type. [WIP]
- Tags - Depending on the parts that make up your Weapon, it may have multiple tags. All tag rules must be followed when using the weapon. See Tags in the Core Rules.
- System - When taking a System for a weapon, it must be added to the weapon as a tag. This may be done in the calculator by selecting the checkbox for the desired Systems. Once a checkbox has been selected, the appropriate tag will be added to the overall weapon stat.
- Tagged Systems - All weapons have Tagged Systems, they are allowed any number of these Tagged Systems (up to the Unit's maximum + 1 per weapon) but one of them may be purchased and put on the weapon under only the tag.
Datasheets are an essential part of the 30MM Wargame. With them you keep track of a Unit's current defense, how many hexes they can move, how much AP they have during their turn, and various other things.
Blank Core Types
Below are Blank Datasheets for Unit Core Types which correspond to the Chest Part of your Unit. If your Unit uses a Rabiot chest, then select the Rabiot Datasheet. If your Unit doesn't use a conventional Chest Part, then select the one that closely matches. A Unit Datasheet is a consumable item. This means that after every mission, a new one needs to be created.
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